Sure, it’s sometimes easier not to know how the proverbial sausage gets made, and finding out sure isn’t pretty. But the eye-opening, fascinating (and somewhat terrifying) documentary Food, Inc (available on DVD 11/3), about the current state of our nation’s food industry , is an important one to see.
Filmmaker Robert Kenner tackles many disturbing issues—how the big corporations that control our food supply tend to put profit ahead of consumer health; the plight of the American farmer; the obsession to engineer bigger produce and animals (one word: chickens); Monsanto’s soybean monopoly; new strains of E. coli that cause illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans every year; and our country’s ever-increasing struggle with obesity and diabetes. Along the way, he interviews experts like authors Eric Sclosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma), among others. Believe us when we tell you that this film will stick with you—especially the next time you go to the grocery store.
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